Last night's contest had the ups and downs of Detroit Red Wings game we were so accustomed to in the fall of 2009. Detroit gets lead, Detroit loses lead, Detroit scrambles to try and salvage win. At least they pulled it off in the end, right?
A 5-4 victory in regulation to avoid getting swept in the season series with last place team...oh joy. As Kris from Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle pointed out to me last night...the three wins that Edmonton has against Detroit this year constitutes more than 10% of their total points earned this year...good grief.
Speaking of Miss SSDD, I touched on it yesterday before the game, but let me go into more detail about what went down last night...
It all actually started at 8:30 PM on Monday night when Kris sent me the following e-mail...
I got invited to watch the game from the alumni suite they're doing tomorrow. Nicole said she'd leave an extra ticket if another local blogger wnated to come. Let me know if you're interested. My internet is down tonight, so you can dm me on twitter if you want to get a hold of me since it'll get texted to my phone.
Cool. I was planning on going to the game with an old college buddy anyway, but now I was going to be able to watch it from a suite. I wasn't familiar with this "Nicole" person that Kris had mentioned, but I didn't think to ask...I just assumed it was a friend of hers or something that was hooking her up. So I RSVP'd "yes", of course the first thing yesterday morning. Here was Kris's response:
You're in. The ticket will be there at will call under your name. I'll see you later. They'll have wi-fi for us in the suite if you want to bring a laptop. She also said that we might be able to get some sound bytes with the alumni for TOV, and I think I can record them with Quicktime on my computer. If we get to record something, I hope you have some good questions, because I sure as hell haven't come up with anything worthwhile. There'll be food in the suite too, so come hungry. That's all I can think of for now. I should be online for most of the rest of the day if you need to get a hold of me.
Cool. Now I suppose this was the point where alarm bells should have started going off. Sound bytes with the alumni? Prepared questions? Nah, it couldn't be as serious as all that, right? Wrong.
This is what was waiting for me when I arrived to the suite after picking up my ticket.
Turns out the "Nicole" that Kris was referring to in her first e-mail is the Social Networking Coodinator for the Detroit Red Wings and she had given Kris and I this opportunity to do some "on-site" blogging right from the alumni suite.
Oh crap. So there I was, dressed up in my red button-up and my Club Monaco sports jacket with no lap top (I don't have one yet) and no notes or anything. Nicole explained that in the wake of Herm to Hockeytown and all the attention that it had been given, that the organ-i-zation decided to reach out to the blogging community a little more.
Once again, proving that the Red Wings are first class from top to bottom. To make up for lack of pencil, paper, or laptop computer, I tried to be as entertaining and charming as I could possibly be.
I chatted with Nicole. who was as nice and accommodating as could be. I think I got some useful information, in case they feel like inviting me back. But mostly, I watched the game alongside Kris, which was quite enjoyable because...
1.) I didn't have a chance to meet her at H2H (like many others)
B.) Sitting down and watching the game with a fellow blogger is always nice because they know just as much (if not more) about the Red Wings as you do
iii.) She laughed at a lot of my jokes (or at least humored me)
They presented us with a packet with pretty much every stat imaginable. I mean this thing was like 30 pages of information on both the Red Wings and the Oilers. There might have even been a stat for how many f-bombs Holmer has dropped this year (so far). In between periods, we were provided with score sheets.
It was a great experience. Now, all the rest of you Michigan-based bloggers, don't get too excited. I don't know if this is going to be a regular occurrence. And if I ruined it for the rest of you, I truly apologize.
But again, I just want to reiterate what an absolute privilege it is to be following a sports franchise that treats its fans so well. Because that's all I really am, when you get down to it. After Friday, spending all that time (not enough, by the way) with a bunch of great people who did a great thing and then getting invited to have a G.D. "blogger station" at a frickin' Red Wings game is something that is absolutely unique to the Detroit Red Wings. And they won last night!